September, 2012 Issue

Eat Dairy Products for Health

Make sure your diet includes adequate amounts of milk, yogurt, and cheese for a range of health benefits, including bone health and weight loss.

Got milk? Chances are good that even if you consume milk and other milk products, you’re not meeting the recommended amount, especially if you’re female. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), most Americans fall below the recommended servings of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Generally, females consume less than males, and intake declines with age. Adults should aim for three servings of dairy products per day. A standard dairy serving is one cup of milk or yogurt, two cups cottage cheese, or 1½ ounces of hard cheese.

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